Over the years, on these forums, we have all thrown a ton of shade on each other, both friends and foes.We have befriended and battled with each other, friends changed to foes depending on the server.Some of us have "known" each other for over ten years. Many of us have better friends here, whom we have never met face to face, than we do IRL.I know many of you better than I know my neighbors, and like many of you more than I like some of my family!!
We are, in another realm, a family.
A great Travian friend and competitor is in need, and some of us would like to ask you to help. Last round of us1, you may remember we had a ww named "Mxer Rules".It was, quietly, dedicated to our teammate, Mxer. Mxer has played as RexM. As Mxer. He’s been in Travian for 11 years, so remembering all his past names is a challenge. But he’s been part of SIO, he’s been in “That star wars theme team”, He was part of the 66’s during this last round.
If you love playing Travian, you’d love playing with, or against, our friend MXer. He plays with passion, skill, and a huge smile on his face every night.
One morning, early on s1 last fall, MXer was driving home when he was involved in a car accident. A young girl ran into him. Being always the good Samaritan and caretaker of others, he comforted her, put her in his warm car as it was a cold morning and stayed with her until her brother could pick her up. Then he went on to, as we say here, his RL, working in automation, farming a 68 acre cow/calf operation and helping his daughter manage a Pizzeria…. and occasionally chiefing right into the middle of his opponents cluster in Travian!
He eventually ended up going to the doctor for nagging back pain from the accident. But he was wrong about the cause….The diagnosis was stage 4 prostate cancer that had spread to S1, L2 an L4 vertebra's.
I can’t think of anything that could flatten you more.
But he could not let this be the last of him. MXer has a wonderful wife, son and daughter that he loves dearly.Just as he plays in Travian, when the odds were against him, he grew more determined to fight.
He kept his battle with cancer fairly quiet telling only a few of us.He started dealing with all of the issues that arise from an instant transition from a man in his prime, with a loving wife, children, & businesses to run, to a patient fighting through repeated radiation, hormone deprivation, multiple chemo treatments, visits, and tests, with high spirits, and endless fortitude.
"It's aged me 20 years, and although I've gone from a PSA of 780 to 13, I'm not in remission". Unfortunately, he's reached the limit on how much chemo he can take. No more Chemo. He must find another option.
His best chance now is an experimental treatment.
We have a GoFundMe page set up, not just for his Travian friends, but for his family and neighbors to show their support.There are more details on that page.Many of you have played with Steve, (Mxer and Rexm) over the years. As you all do in the game, when your teammates need aid in times of battle, please join us to give MXer the best chance to fight this battle.
Support comes in many forms. Financial is wonderful, but sharing this GFM is also critical.Please, post this on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or wherever you think it can help.
Thank you all.
and of course, Mxer.